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, president obama heading to south africa where crowds are mourning and celebrating nelson mandela. we'll have a live report on the president's expected role in tomorrow's public memorial service. >>> and right now, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it doesn't seem to matter where you are in the united states today. we all have one thing in common. pretty much miserable weather. if you're headed to the airport, pag your patience. more than a thousand flights already have been canceled today. on the roads, it's no better. this was the scene in yonkers, outside new york city. police say 30 people were injured in a 24-plus car pile-up on the bronx river parkway late last night. one reminder, falling ice posing a huge threat. a sheet of melting ice fell to the ground in plano, texas, damaging at least eight parked cars. thankfully no people were on street at the time. cnn is covering all
mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest trigg tribute to nelson mandela that could you have at a nelson mandela memorial. >> you know how we have our state of the union addresses. and everybody watches the body language. obviously that's going to be a big part of the drama tomorrow is how cas
the nobel peace price for the man who once was his oppressor. president barack obama spoke about mandela shortly after the world received the munews. >> he achieved more than expected from any man. he's gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> senior foreign affairs correspondent greg is now with a look back at his life. >> nelson plmandela was a symbo of struggle. he was the sign one brave man can make a difference. >> never again shall it be that this beautiful land will have oppression of one by another. >> the south africa youth was marked by the oppression of blacks by the government system. as a young black lawyer unusual in those days he favored peaceful protest. a clash in 1960 changed all that. dozens of unarmed protestors were killed by white police. >> many people who feel that it is useless for us to continue talking peace and non violence. >> mandela led a campaign of violent sabotage with the now banned african nation
. more than 90 world leaders are expected to attend nelson mandela's memorial. efforts to keep them all safe and secure in south africa. >>> car pile ups massive air delays. >>> and major technology companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa. he is heading the u.s. delegation honoring nelson mandela. the president leaving on air force one just a few hours ago. former president george w. bush and his wife laura are also on board joining first lady michelle obama and the president. president's clinton and carter will attend the service scheduled for tuesday in south africa. george r. h.w bush is the only former president that will not be there. >>> alan is near johannesburg. he has more on how the people of south africa are remembering nelson mandela. and he's a father figure being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribute c
around the world now heading to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela. president obama flying to johannesburg for tomorrow's memorial service at a 95,000 seat soccer stadium. south africa's parliament also took time-out to remember the country's first black leader. there were also emotional prayer services in mandela's homeland and around the world this sunday. he died last week at the age of 95. after tomorrow's memorial service, nelson mandela will lie in state before his burial on december 15th. >>> a video that shocked the whole country. a state trooper shooting up a mini van filled with kids. now he's fighting to get his job back. hear what his attorney is saying. >>> plus, technology giants uniting to fight government spying? what the likes of facebook and google may be able to do. we will debate that. >>> how many times the president met with kathleen sebelius before the disastrous rollout of the obama care website. and why it's so hard to pin that exact number down. what was it? >> i don't have all the figures in front of me. but if you think about the cabinet and the
, but globally and certainly here in the united states. president obama has talked often about nelson mandela. there are several members of congress who on more than one occasion have talked about mandela and the impact he has had not just on politics and life in south africa, but on politics around the world, even here in this country. a nobel peace prize winner. someone who the anti-apartheid movement here in the united states looked to when he was in prison in robin island and other places. his release in 1990 and going on to become the leader of south africa. lot of lessons to be learned from his life. i am waiting word not only from the white house, but the congress and their reaction to the deaths of nelson man -- mandela. >> you did some reporting on president obama's south african trip, where president obama was very mindful of mr. mandela's health. remind the viewers of what president obama did when he went to south africa several months ago? >> well, again, i wasn't on that trip, but there was oncern, some talk even then. nelson mandela was in failing health at that time. that perha
to nelson mandela. on board air force one with president and mrs. obama, president george wurks bush and first lady laura bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton. on the way to south africa, they gathered together in the plane's conference room telling their stories that spanned three presidential administrations. president's clinton and carter are traveling separately to johannesburg. the last time these presidents were all together was in april at the opening of the george w. bush presidential library, but this event in a foreign country will mean much greater security concerned. sources involved in planning president clinton's prim to the funeral of israel prime minister rabin, and the funeral of pope john paul ii tells cnn it decrease nerve-racking to depend on a foreign country. >> they do a lot of planning and they're very good at this. the south africans have challenges, in addition to security, logistical challenges. >> reporter: the memorial service will take place in a soccer stadium that holds 90,000 people. more than 90 world leaders are expected to attend. lea
begin in south africa on tuesday, presidents obama, bush and carter will all attend. nelson mandela visited our country just after he was released from prison back in 1990. our next guest was the man who matt him at the airport in new york city. quote, mandela was a genuine hero, also my personal hero, a transcend ant symbol of freedom, he believed against overwhelming odds he would one day succeed. he was ready to die for his beliefs. there may have been people equal in modern history but i would dare say no one was ever greater. joining us new york city mayor david dinkins. mr. mayor, welcome. >> good to see you again. >> good to see you, too. we know him and remember him as an icon. you knew him personally. what was he like as a person? >> that's the thing that was most amazing about him, total absence of bitterness. i don't know who among us after having been imprisoned for more than 27 years in protest against a cause you deeply believe could behave as he did. but here is a man who when they asked him why aren't you angry and what not? his response was to be angry was to contin
mandela's home in johannesburg today. in the days ahead, world leaders will travel to south africa to pay their respects. former president george w. bush will fly with president obama to tuesday's memorial. former president bill clinton will also plan to attend. we go live to johannesburg. robin, mandela's funeral will be held on sunday. family, dignitaries, they're all coming together. logistically that is going to be incredible. >> reporter: absolutely. i mean, this really is one of the biggest events we're seeing in recent history. and it's three days into a ten-day mourning period. sunday we're going to see more prayers being wrereconciliation memorials. the south african government is encouraging heads of state to come to this memorial in johannesburg than it is to get into the small remote town of gunu, the remote island where he will be buried. so all in all quite a busy schedule for south africans. also quite geographically spread out. gives chance for this whole country, people in different areas to be able to join in the memorials and pay their respects to nelson mandela. >> the
that the first lady, and obama's daughters met with nelson mandela. on the president's last conversation, we will have to get that to you. >> any plans to go to south africa? i don't have any scheduling updates involving the president of that nature to provide and i will forewarn you that because of the logistics, i will not a way to get one to you yet but we will when it is all prepared. the number of people had obviously already gathered in the media. it is pretty great to have them here in washington. >> the government accountability institute, they announced between july of 2010 and november of this year, the public schedule was released showing that there were no one- on-one meetings with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. there were 277 other one-on-one meetings. it draws questions about the leadership skills and the chief executive. i call me beforehand because am in a very charitable mood today so i won't go too strong on this. that report, the published report that was written by an advocate is based on a ridiculously false premise. remember stories about records
in south africa. the funeral for nelson mandela will be one of the biggest funerals the world has ever seen. officials preparing to welcome more than 91 current, former heads of state for this memorial. and president obama en route along with former president george w. bush. rare they're on air force one together. decided to get a ride. >> hitched a ride. they're going to be joined, of course, by former presidents bill clinton who was also close to any son mandela, as you said, and jimmy carter, too. he's going for the memorial service. some other world leaders who plan to attend for mr. mandela are the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon, david cameron, prince charles is going. the french president, francois hollande and even the cuban president, as we said he had ties with cuba in the past, raul castro, list goes on and on of dignitaries. >> of course, with president obama and three of his predecessors going to south africa, you can imagine what robin was talking about, and that is security and the kind of complex situation they're dealing with potentially a nightmare. secret service had v
, you have martin luther king, ghandi, john f. kennedy, mandela and abraham lincoln, winston churchill and barak obama in the middle. >> reporter: south africans feel the deep sense of pride about him. i think mandela was like a mirror reflected back to south africans. south africans want to see themselves in his image. i think that is very powerful now, 20 years after the beginning of democracy. it is key politically. is this the key of mandela's investigations, his dreams? south africans are using this time not to say good-bye to the man. it's a rain check of what this country is, are we doing enough in south africa? there is a real intimacy and a sense of we don't want to betray his vision. things are going a little bit off, maybe this is the time to not forget he sacrificed so much. >> it seems like there is a balance of loss, reference and as you say responsibility. >> reporter: absolutely. >> reporter: robin kurnow, thank you so much. she spokes with mandela, understands the politics here so much. we will deep painting the picture of what is happening now. teeing up an epic memor
mandela's death, i will point you to those remarks. all i can say is that president obama and the first lady will go to south africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of nelson mandela and participate in memorial events. at this point, i don't have more information on logistics. timing of the travel. that is all being worked out. in terms of others who are going to make that trip, i would refer to them at this time. we will have more information. fairly to have it quickly and when we do we will be able to provide it to you. to others whether they go, but would the president invite them to travel? point i don't want to get ahead of a process that is being worked on as i speak in timing ande logistics for the whole trip. when we have that information we will get it to you right away. >> on the jobs numbers you have been there and other white house officials have told us that the sequester would have dire consequences with job growth and with economic growth today's numbers obviously are a welcome surprise for you guys. is some of the austerity not having the effect that you pr
obama pushing redistribution. the brutal knockout game. and bob's annual christmas lights. it's all coming your way. first, nelson mandela will be laid to rest in south africa on december 15th. president and mrs. obama will be there to pay their respects. fox's ed henry just wrapped
current and ten former heads of state for the memorial for nelson mandela. among them, president obama, who along with first lady michelle obama left washington about an hour ago for south africa, expected to arrive in johannesburg early tomorrow morning. joining them will be former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush, david cameron and ban ki-moon among scores of other dignitaries. errol barnett in johannesburg for us. tomorrow is taking place in soccer city during the world cup, a huge stadium, 90,000 plus seats. given the interest and the crowds behind you now, will that be big enough to accommodate everybody? >> reporter: in a word, john, no, and that's why the government has facilitated three, count them three overthrow stadiums for people who want to attend tuesday's memorial service, plus they will be broadcasting the ceremony via livestream to 90 big screens set up all over the country. john, i'm not sure how many university football games you've been to but what's happening around me now you could compare to a battle of the bonds. over my right shoulder a south african
90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, it's very hard to have real conversations. >> these long flights, believe it or not, can forge friendships. in 1981, president ronald reagan could not attend the funeral of egypt's anwar saddat so he enlisted others to attend instead. the flight was said to be initially awkward and very long, but one notable friendship emerged. evident at ford's funeral more than 25 years later, when jimmy carter eulogized his long-time friend. >>
for lawmakers. the flag of the u.s. capitol remains at half staff in honor of nelson mandela. the white house announced that the president and mr. obama -- and mrs. obama will be joined by presidents carter, clinton, and george w. bush honoring nelson mandela. we're going to begin with your comments and calls on a recent survey. a pew research study indicating power has declined. join in on the conversation, the lines -- you can join us on our social media, send us a tweet or send us an e-mail, journal@c-span.org . or join us on facebook. let's begin with a look at some of the newspapers. front page of "the washington post" has a scene from johannesburg. nelson mandela began the journey from tribal air to revolutionary icon. this from inside "the new york times," -- details from inside "the new york times." there is a new poll we want to draw your attention to. it essentially looks at the role we play in the world. here are some of the details -- support for u.s. global engagement is already nearing historic low and has fallen further. the public thinks that the nation does too much to solve
reflected and returned with great generosity and goodwill this week. mandela was in so many ways simply the best, but when president obama said we shall not see his like again, i guess he was right on one level. but when you look at what he did, the fact that his words and his deeds moved mountains, actually, let's hope we do see his like again. and let's hope we see them in some parts of the world like the middle east or in the vicinity of the koreas or elsewhere where we're crying out for a quality of politician that can move mountains and move minds the way that he did. he does remind us that our -- [inaudible] isn't as bad and needn't be with as awful as often depicted, and he gives us something better to work for in ourselves. >> here, here. >> mr. frank dobson. >> mr. speaker, it's a great honor to take part in this tribute to nelson mandela. almost, as far as i'm concerned, a good a moment as the magic moment when i sat with my wife in westminster hall when he addressed both houses of our parliament as the democratically-elected president of all south africans. and i know i speak
at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> the white house has president obama and the first lady will go to south africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of the late nelson mandela. also on friday, former secretary of state hillary clinton talked about the former south african president's legacy. here is some of what she said. >> we meet on that day after the loss of a giant among us, someone who, by the power of his example, demonstrated that unequivocally how each of us can choose how we will respond to those in justice's and grievances, those sorrows and tragedy's that afflict all of humankind. nelson mandela will be remembered for many things. he will be, certainly, remembered, for no way he led his dignity, as extraordinary understanding , not just tough how to bring democracy and freedom to his beloved south africa, but how important it was that he first brought freedom to himself. as i spent time with him starting in 1992 and tell them just in the last year-and-a-half , i was always struck by the extraordinary depth of his self knowledge, of his awareness about how ha
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